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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bird Watching Opportunities at Pearl River WMA
For many years, local birders and waterfowl enthusiasts have enjoyed the waterfowl sanctuary at Pearl River WMA.  Pearl River WMA is only a short drive from Jackson and is a great place to come and enjoy the outdoors.  The observation tower, located just off Highway 43 on Ross Barnett Reservoir, overlooks one of the managed wetlands and is a prime location to view waterfowl during the winter and spring months.  Beginning in mid-June, the tower will be temporarily closed for improvements. 
Another favorite bird watching spot on Pearl River WMA is the Rookery.  The Rookery is located in a tupelo gum swamp and is a traditional nesting area for many species of wading birds.  During the spring and summer months, the Rookery hosts large numbers of adult and young birds.  The Rookery is a unique experience with a board walk leading to the rookery for easy access and viewing. 
All users must possess a WMA User Permit unless they are exempt from purchasing an annual hunting or fishing license. 

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